i say keep eating them!!! i've lost 20 pounds eating a lean cuisine EVERY DAY at work for lunch since July. Love them. Even the husband loves them now.
if you want to up the health factor, throw a bag of frozen veggies in the freezer area at work and add to the lean cuisine before microwaving.
But that's just my opinion. I'm talking taste, not necessarily nutrition. I haven't gotten focused enough to go all natural, low sodium, etc.
But it keeps me on my diet and keeps my taste buds and tummy happy. That's enough for me right now.
I also use the trick of adding frozen veggies to some of the frozen meals. I don't eat them every day but I do fall back on them when I'm in a spot. I also love, love, love my low fat, low sodium Campbell's Chunky vegetable soup. That's as easy as pulling the can top off, dumping the soup in a bowl and nuking it for a couple minutes.
Many times I weigh/measure out portions from dinner, put them in a sealed bowl and they're all ready for my lunch bag in the morning.
i don't have anything against frozen meals. if it translates calorically to a lunch for you, then i think it's fine. but if you need to be eating a 600 calorie lunch, then it's just not going to do the job. i used to eat stuff like this or other diet-ish meals, but i've learned that my body knows that 270 calories is just not enough to fuel itself.
i try to steer clear of meal-illusions now. something called grilled salmon w/vegetables doesn't necessarily do the trick; for me, i can only call it a meal if it has enough calories.
I also love Kashi meals (but they are more expensive) and I really like the South Beach Diet meals too. Both of these tend to use whole grains with good amounts of veggies and meat and they are filling.
Processed foods in general are bad for you. And diet frozen convience foods are loaded with sodium so that they'll taste better. Stick to organics- there's a lot of easy stuff you can come up with.
fresh is always better than frozen :)
but i eat frozen entrees quite often too
IMO, ean cuisine's are not the most filling. many of the kashi and SBD ones are more filling
but a lot of the south beach ones also have more calories
so they're not BAD, but they're not great
check out other brands too
i like the lean cuisines. they're very convenient-- im a college student and our meal plan at school is only for monday-friday, so on the weekends, when i don't feel like going out (theres a great diner by my school that has awesome salads, minus the dressing, which i ask them to leave out) i pop a lean cuisin in the microwave. I like the chicken with the peanut sauce one annnd the sesame chicken. Oh, and the eggroll... good alternatives to the chinese food everyone else orders!
oh, annnd all my friends think im a freak, cause when they order pizza, i heat up one of the lean cuisine pizzas and eat that while they eat the real stuff.... this way, i can smell their tasty pizza while having my own yummy version :)